Matt Adams puts the Cardinals ahead in NLDS Game 4 with a go-ahead three-run blast

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More seventh-inning magic from these Cardinals.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was crusing through the first six frames of Tuesday night’s NLDS Game 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but Matt Holliday opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a single off the glove of second baseman Dee Gordon and then Jhonny Peralta singled to left-center field, just over the outstretched glove of Hanley Ramirez.

What happened next? How about a three-run bomb from Matt Adams, who entered the night with just six career homers against left-handers (compared to 28 against righties).

Some fans in St. Louis call him “Big City.” Others — because of his bulky build — like to call him “Big Mayo.”

That was The Biggest Mayo, and the Cardinals are now six outs from advancing to another NLCS.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.